Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 (HSC-84) "Red Wolves"
HSC-84, the "Red Wolves", is a United States Navy Reserve helicopter squadron tasked with the support of Naval Special Warfare units such as SEALs and SWCCs. The Red Wolves are one of 2 Navy squadrons that provide dedicated SOF support - the other being HSC-85 (the Firehawks).
The squadron is the descendant of HCS-4, a Squadron that was established in 1989 and saw action in the 1991 Gulf War. On October 1, 2006, HCS-4 was officially redesignated as HSC-84.
HSC-84 flies 8 HH-60H Seahawk (otherwise known as 'Rescue Hawk') helicopters, which usually deploy in detachments of 1-2 helicopters plus support staff.
Red Wolves - Operations
- December 1990 - March 1991 - The Gulf - Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm
HCS-4 providing CSAR and Special Operations support to coalition forces throughout the campaign.
- September 1994 - Haiti - Operation Uphold Democracy
2 HH-60Hs from HCS-4 provided CSAR and Special Warfare support.
- January 1996 - The Balkans - Operation Joint Endeavor
HSC-84 provided a single HH-60H to the USS George Washington during its deployment to the Adriatic Sea.
- March 2003 - The Gulf - Operation Iraqi Freedom
4 HH-60Hs supported OIF. One detachment of 2 HH-60Hs was based at Akrotiri, Cyprus, another on USS La Salle and another on the USS Nashville.
Sea Hawks from HCS-84 have recently (August 2008) been deployed to Iraq as part of the Joint Special Operations Air Component (CJSOAC), providing support to coalition special operations missions in the region.